Getting angry sometimes is totally normal. We all find stuff in life that makes us angry. When our anger is used carefully and constructively it can be a powerful force for helping us to get our voices heard and make changes in our lives for the better.

What is anger?

Anger is a normal and valid emotion. But just because anger is a normal emotion, it doesn’t mean that it’s easy to cope with! It can be really uncomfortable to talk about and many of us find it hard to express it openly.
Some of the harmful ways that people deal with their anger include:

  • Shouting at people
  • Breaking stuff and throwing things
  • Hurting other people physically and emotionally
  • Harming themselves

Although these ways of dealing with our anger and frustration might make us feel better at the time, we may come to regret them, especially if we end up hurting ourselves or the people that we care about.

Equally, we might ‘bottle up’ our anger and not express it at all. Although it can seem easier at the time not to say anything, suppressing anger can make us feel much worse later on.

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